Spanish Professor Frances Matos-Schultz and her colleague Adolfo Carrillo Cabello are conducting research on how a new online coaching program is improving students’ Spanish speaking skills and increasing their confidence speaking the language in and outside the classroom.
Senior Joseph Rojas discusses his passion for learning languages through his triple major, studying abroad, being the new peer advisor for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, and plans for the future.
By using the communication techniques unique to theatrical and visual artistic expressions, professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies Luis Ramos-Garcia helps to illuminate human rights issues and connect the University of Minnesota with communities around the world.
Sara Mack and Gabriela Sweet have an article in the current issue of The Language Educator (Volume 12, Issue 3) published by ACTFL titled: Taking the Next Step and Empowering Students with Self-Assessment: I know what I need to do and now I’m going to do it.
The fourth year of the PACE project is underway! This academic year will build on the work of the past three years. The focus this year is on analyzing and responding to student proficiency test data. The PACE project team is working closely with two other grant recipients who have been conducting parallel projects: Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Utah (Utah).
Dr. Frances Matos-Schultz and Dr. Adolfo Carrillo Cabello received a grant from the ACTFL Research Priorities Project for their research project titled Blended learning and online coaching: Investigating differences of instructional interventions in the self-assessment of fluency.
Professor Ana Forcinito has experienced firsthand the effects of a post-dictatorship society and made it her life’s work to study and research these effects in a Latin American context. As Ohanessian Chair, she is conducting groundbreaking research on human rights violations in the Southern cone.
At a time when divisive rhetoric around immigration abounds, bringing a group of students to the US/Mexico border might intimidate some. Not Spanish Instructor Kathleen Ganley. Ganley and her students share about their time volunteering at the border, and the impact it has had on them since returning.
Who would have thought that a childhood love for Harry Potter could spark an entire doctoral dissertation? Veronica Menaldi brought her fondness for the magic and intrigue in Harry Potter to her passion for the Spanish language, inspiring her to study magic, miracles, and medicine in the context of medieval Spain.
When Owen Murray decided to study Spanish and Portuguese in college, he had no idea the kinds of possibilities these languages would bring him. "There are a lot of incredible things you can learn from studying languages; it’s a door opener for so many experiences and relationships. It’s powerful."
Professor Salvador Raggio’s distinctive Spanish studies courses will be thoroughly missed by students and department members alike. His experience and understanding of the transatlantic perspective offers unique insight into the literature and film courses.